As the North Korean atomic crisis gathers momentum, the Trump administration is suggesting that the option of letting the East Asian allies acquire nuclear options is on the table.
The 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign has caused mounting concern and skepticism about American foreign policy commitments toward Asia.
India must follow the lead of Russia and China and realistically engage with President Trump.
An India that grows its domestic capabilities will be in a better position to address American concerns about jobs at home and benefit in turn from the current U.S. lead in most advanced technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology.
In his inauguration speech, Donald Trump described a new, protectionist America. India must prepare for a United States that does not plan to mess around with other people’s affairs.
Trump’s efforts to change America’s trajectory will have huge economic and political consequences for India. Prime Minister Modi must engage in intensive bargaining to close potential deals.
Trump’s “America First” strategy has the potential to damage the U.S.-India relationship. Trump should instead strengthen the India alliance to cope with the challenges posed by China.
New Delhi must be prepared for a major discontinuity in the way America and Russia deal with each other and Eurasia.
Prime Minister Modi hopes the wider South Asian diaspora will contribute to India’s economic development, act as a bridge to the nations that host them, and help promote broader international goals.
In India, distrust of government and social cleavages encourage voters to support those who bend the rules to defend their communities. Similar conditions in the United States contributed to Trump’s election.